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Taylor Juniper Tree

Juniperus virginiana 'Taylor'
    2 reviews
Taylor Juniper Tree
Taylor Juniper Tree
Taylor Juniper Tree
Taylor Juniper Tree
Taylor Juniper Tree
Taylor Juniper Tree
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Taylor Juniper Tree

Juniperus virginiana 'Taylor'
    2 reviews

A beautifully sturdy evergreen, perfect for narrow spaces!

  • Cold weather hardy
  • Easy to grow and maintain
  • Thrives in full sun
  • Cedar rust-resistant
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Product Details

growing zone 3-9 Growing Zones 3-9
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 15-20 Feet
Mature Width 3-4 Feet
Growth Rate Fast
Shipping Restriction AZ, CA

Tall, slender, and columnar, the Taylor Juniper tree is a popular choice for those looking to create a lush privacy screen, hedge a design element like a driveway, pool, or front door, or feature a specimen plant in their garden or landscaping.

This juniper is cold-hardy and offers a dramatic addition to any landscape as it reaches a statuesque vertical height of up to 30 feet. While its base spread is only 3 to 5 feet, this juniper provides impressive height without taking up a lot of planting space. That means the Taylor Juniper suits small areas where quick growth is desired. You can expect about 3 to 5 feet of growth per year!

Taylor Junipers growing in full sun will add a soft texture to your landscaping, as well as a dramatic, rich blue-green foliage. Their color radiates when light can hit all sides of the Juniper throughout the day. For this reason, they should be planted with enough clearance to allow sunlight to soak into each side of the tree as it matures and the hedge grows.

The Taylor Juniper is easily grown in average, dry to moist, and well-drained soils. Even so, this cold-hardy juniper is adaptable and can tolerate a wide range of soils and growing conditions as long as it grows in full sunlight. Perhaps its most noteworthy boast is that this juniper is the most drought-resistant of any conifer native to the eastern United States.

Often compared to the Italian Cypress, there are a few characteristics that make the Taylor Juniper stand out from its counterpart. First, the leaves of the Taylor Juniper are denser. Second, its foliage offers a blue-green tint that adds a depth of color to your outdoor aesthetic. Third, the Taylor is more adaptable to varying soil types.

These trees are generally excellent additions to bird gardens, Asian gardens, rock gardens, and xeriscapes.

Taylor Juniper Tree FAQ

How quickly do Taylor Juniper Trees grow?

When they are cared for properly and planted in full sunlight they can grow up to 3-5 feet per year.

How far apart should you plant Taylor Junipers?

To form a hedge row, you should plant these junipers 4 to 6 feet apart.

Taylor Juniper Tree Care


As you might expect, planting the Taylor Juniper Tree is a rather straightforward event. To begin, you will dig a hole that is equal in depth to the root ball and 2 to 3 times its width. Place the root ball into the hole, backfill util the soil reaches ground level, and water. Be sure to add 2 to 3 inches of mulch to the planting location, being sure not to crowd the trunk of the tree. Adding soil helps conserve moisture and suppress weed growth.


As your juniper is establishing (about 6 weeks) you can water it up to 2 to 4 times per week. Beyond the first 6 weeks, you can water your juniper once a week, unless nature does it for you by providing rain.

In following seasons, your juniper will only need water during periods of drought.


These trees respond well to gentle fertilizer at the time of planting. You can incorporate fertilizer into the soil or spread it around the plant, but be careful not to place it directly into the planting hole.


There is no need to prune your Taylor Juniper except the occasional dead branch.

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